Report: Thai coach’s job not in danger
Thailand’s football chief says national team coach Winfried
Schaefer’s job is not in danger despite reports his performance
will be under review next year.
Football Association of Thailand president Worawi Makudi said
the German would ”definitely stay until his contract expires in
mid-2014,” according to a report in The Nation newspaper on
Thailand lost to Singapore in the final of the Suzuki Cup last
week – the third time in the past four editions of the regional
football tournament the Elephants have finished runner-up.
Worawi told local media after Thailand’s defeat that the
football association would meet next year to discuss the direction
of the national team and that Schaefer’s work would be reviewed,
leading to speculation his job may not be safe.
”Early next year, there will be a meeting with the FAT
executive board committee and his work will be analyzed,” Worawi
told the Bangkok Post. ”Winnie (Schaefer) has worked for the past
two years with the Thai national team – we are very pleased but we
have to discuss it at the meeting. I cannot tell what the result
Worawi later made clear that Schaefer, who was hired in June
2011, would be at the helm for Thailand’s upcoming Asian Cup
qualifiers against Kuwait on Feb. 6 and Lebanon on March 22, and he
expected him to finish out his three-year contract with the
”We’ll have a board meeting early next year to assess the
team’s performance. But that doesn’t mean Schaefer will get the
sack,” he said, according to The Nation.
Schaefer replaced former Manchester United great Bryan Robson as
Thailand’s coach. He previously led Cameroon to the African Nations
Cup title in 2002 and coached the team at that year’s World